An Critical Thinking website for the Learning Zone at National Library of Scotland.

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Project Blaster, developed for NLS Learning Zone was designed to provide a mechanism where-by primary school pupils could be inspired to explore critical thinking practices, in class, in groups or on their own.

Mark Haddon Ltd was involved throughout all stages of the creation of this project for the Learning Zone at the National Library of Scotland, from initial concepts through to scoping, definition, design and video and animation production.


Over a series of meetings, the team collaboratively and methodically defined clear objectives and outcomes for each of the learning stages and also explored the creative approach and technology required to best meet the target audience needs.

The resource was designed to speak directly to children (rather than educators) and to inspire students to want to learn and to ask questions. Supporting lesson plans and guidelines were provided for teachers.

In addition to the Learning Zone team at NLS, other key people on this project were children's author Allan Burnett, and illustrator Claire Murray.